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Ramona High pianist wins scholarship, will perform at Riverside County Fair

By in Press Enterprise on December 24, 2017

By Anne Marie Walker

Oftentimes it takes up to a decade of practice to master a craft, but some people display talent even after a few short years of practice.

Such is the case with Ramona High student and pianist Daniel Molina, who on Nov. 19, won $1,500 in the Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition and will perform at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival in February.

There were three categories in the competition: vocal, instrumental, and composition — Daniel won in the instrumental category. The 17-year-old has only been playing the piano for two years and doesn’t have a background in music.

  • All of the contestants on stage during the Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition. From left to right: Kevin Morden, Exal Vega, Daniel Molina, Ian Tang, and Isabella Sung. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Molina)

  • Daniel Molina performs on the Benjamin Franklin Stage in Riverside at the Festival of Lights. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Molina)

    Daniel Molina performs on the Benjamin Franklin Stage in Riverside at the Festival of Lights. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Molina)

  • Daniel Molina with his piano teacher Mrs. Ronda Barnes (far right) and fellow students at the Riverside Art Museum. Students in Ramona's piano program usually perform numerous times in public. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Molina)

    Daniel Molina with his piano teacher Mrs. Ronda Barnes (far right) and fellow students at the Riverside Art Museum. Students in Ramona’s piano program usually perform numerous times in public. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Molina)

  • Daniel Molina performs at the Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition where he won a $1,500 scholarship on November 19. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Wright)

    Daniel Molina performs at the Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition where he […]    

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